Donald E. Cartwright, 83


Donald E. Cartwright, 83, of Crest Hill, died peacefully at his home with his family at his side on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.

Cremation rites were accorded. Due to COVID-10 restrictions, private church services will be conducted, followed by interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory in Forest Park assisted the family.

Mr. Cartwright was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Hillsboro, to Henry and Irene Cartwright. He married Vada Kay Knudson 58 years ago, and she survives.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Korea. 

Mr. Cartwright earned his bachelor of arts degree from Joliet Junior College and retired from the Department of Corrections, Stateville Penitentiary and the Joliet Prison as a corrections major. Following his retirement, he worked at First Student as both a school bus driver and administrator.

He was a member of the Illinois Rt. 66 Association and the Will-Grundy Illinois Genealogical Society. He enjoyed his home life, travel adventures and Thursday morning weekly breakfasts with his fellow retirees from the prison.

In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Cartwright is survived by his children, Laura Patrick and Donald H. (Sandi) Cartwright; grandson, James R. Peterson; son-in-law, Tom Peterson; and brother, Gary (Susie) Cartwright.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Jimmy (Doris) Cartwright.

Memorials may be directed to Lutherdale Bible Camp or Joliet Area Community Hospice, who the family thanks for their compassionate care.


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